Poster Session

The EMMILE Poster Session (Feb. 28, 2012, afternoon)


EMMILE Poster Session aims at:
  • informing the audience about projects and research in the MIL field and their outcomes/findings/lessons learned
  • stimulating a reflection and discussion about MIL education
  • stimulating partnerships.

The posters will be displayed on display stands for the conference duration and projected on the big screen (with the overhead projector) with its presenter(s) speaking from the podium in a plenary session. Selected posters will be included in EMMILE proceedings.

The EMMILE Programme Committee invites EMMILE Attendees to submit a poster proposal on a project, a study carried out or research findings etc., concerning Media and Information Literacy Education in different sectors, their educational aspects (e.g., lifelong learning, civic awareness etc.), according to the following guidelines.

Posters that do not conform to these guidelines may not be displayed.

0. Important DEADLINES

1.      Abstract Submission (in English): by Jan. 15, 2012 (mail to, subject: EMMILE Poster Proposal)

2.      Feedback to Authors: by Jan.22, 2012

3.      Poster Submission (final version, both in PDF and JPG/PPT): by Feb. 10, 2012.

1.  General

A poster is a visual presentation (created on a large piece of paper or board or in digital form) on a topic of interest, which allows its presenter to discuss the principal elements of the presentation.

It should result both attractive and informative and provide each viewer with the basic ideas, information, contents etc. of the work (e.g., project, research findings etc.).

A poster presenter has to be prepared to answer questions or discuss issues with the conference participants. The content has to be balanced between content/information and design/graphics/attractiveness.

When preparing your poster for presentation, please, bear in mind that there will be a large number of delegates, so for the poster to have maximum value, it should be read from a distance  of several meters/feet.

Information should be typed in large typeface. Charts, figures and illustrations should be simple and bold.  Simplicity and readability are the key.

To attract the attendees to stop at your poster, ensure that the content is vital. So, focus on the essential message. Use pictures, tables and charts to tell the story. It is recommended to use 30% text, 40% graphics and 30% white space on your poster. Please also consider the needs, interest and level of understanding of your audience.

2. Poster Proposal Submission

Please, submit your poster proposal in a Word Doc format, according to the following scheme:





Corresponding Author and contacts (e-mail, tel., fax):  ….

MAIN TARGET SECTOR: 1) school, 2) public library, 3) academic, 4) research, 5) health, 6) adult education/lifelong learning; 7) local community; 8) other (please specify)

Abstract: up to 400 words. It should be structured as follows, with sections including:

  • Purpose
  • Background, showing the context and existing literature
  • Methods used for the study
  • Main project objectives OR research findings
  • Relevance and innovativeness of the project / Importance and interest of the study/research.

Keywords: up to 3.

Prospective presenters will receive a feedback about your poster proposal submission by Jan. 20, 2012.

3. Poster design

  • Again: simplicity and readability are the key! Keep the material simple. Keep your text in short, concise, legible statements; minimize complete sentences and paragraphs. A few summary statements are encouraged. Use a word processor to prepare your text copy. Make sure that the type is very black–some word processors/printers generate gray copy that reproduces poorly.
  • The net area available for your poster will be 70 cm (width) x 100 cm (height), in order to be displayed on a 120x100cm VERTICAL poster board space.
  • Posters must be prepared as a single poster and not as a collage.
  • Please use readable fonts for text and big fonts for title, authors names and affiliations.
  • Ensure that your presentation title, the names of the authors and the sector involved/addressed (school, university, health etc.) are clearly stated at the top of your poster.
  • Font sizes in main text must be no smaller than 28 pt (Arial o similar font) or 32 pt (Times New Roman or similar font). Font size in figure and table titles should be no smaller than 24 pt (Arial or similar) or 28 pt (Times New Roman or similar).
  • All lettering must be easily read from a distance of 1.50 m (6 ft).
  • Key words in the text may be highlighted.
  • Colors may help in communicating more effectively the message, but use them sparingly and with taste.
  • Illustrations, graphs and figures are recommended, but they should be easy to understand.
  • Check your spelling.
  • Formats: posters are to be submitted both in PDF and JPG (or PPT) format.

4. Presentation at the conference

  • Your poster shall be printed in advance, before the EMMILE 2012 Conference. Please, take in account that EMMILE Organizing Committee is not responsible for any poster printing; posters cannot be printed at the Conference venue.
  • Posters may eventually be printed and distributed online by the Conference organizers.
  • All posters will be displayed during the entire conference so attendees can browse the poster aisles and will read or study your poster while you are away; make certain the message is clear and simple.
  • Each presenter will be assigned a 100 cm (width) x120 cm (height) VERTICAL poster board space, where a 70 cm x 100 cm poster can be displayed on. Background of the poster board is a neutral color. Each presenter  is responsible for the assembly and removal of his/her poster.
  • Poster presenters will find materials for hanging their posters at the Conference Reception desk.  Attachment to the poster board is by Velcro tape (or other means) and there will be supplies available at the Conference reception desk. Please, note you may not write on, use pins or mark the poster boards in any way.
  • Posters are scheduled in the Auditorium on Feb. 28, 2012. A standard bulletin board will be provided. They will be digitally displayed, too (PC and overhead projector will be at presenters’ disposal).
  • The poster sessions have a designated time in which presenters are requested to be available at their poster to discuss its contents with conference delegates. See schedule in the program.
  • Presenters should be available for an hour between .. .hour and …hour  on … dates [Note: hours and dates will be specified ASAP].
  • After the session, please leave a note on your poster as to where you can be reached in case someone wishes to discuss the content of your poster later.
  • There will be lots of other posters and the Presenter will stand near the poster to answer questions.

5. Miscellaneous

It is always a good idea to bring along a few tools for last-minute problems that pop up. Scissors, liquid/stick glue, paper, and a marker (marking pen) should be considered. A measuring tape may  come in handy when trying to make sure your poster is properly mounted on the poster board.

Bring a supply of business cards or other form of identification to hand out at your poster session. This is a quick way of distributing your name and address to interested attendees. Have a sign-up pad available to record the names and addresses of individuals wanting more information. You can also use the pad to write down interesting comments from attendees. You may also distribute handouts, including  title, authors, contacts (e.g., e-mail address) and limit it to one page in length.

Poster presenters (as all EMMILE participants) are to fund their participation on their own and cover their travel costs and accommodation.

[last update: Dec. 29, 2011]

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